Champakulam Kalloorkadu Marth Maryam (St. Mary’s) Basilica, popularly known as St. Mary’s Forane Church is an ancient Syro- Malabar church in the Archeparchy of Changanacherry. Constructed in 427 AD, the church is one of the oldest Syrian Catholic churches in all of India. The brilliant architecture, elaborate rock inscriptions, and ancient artifacts boast about the Portuguese influence in the traditional designs and are worth a visit. Legend has it that this church was the first to have been founded by St. Thomas, the apostle himself.
Situated in Champakullam, on the banks of river Pamba, the rich history, legacy, and the ingenious architecture attracts a large number of tourists to the spot. The pearly white building is a wonderful amalgamation of Syrian and Portuguese designs. It is believed that this church was the reason for reconciliation between Catholics and Jacobian Syrians centuries ago; hence it is considered a rich heritage of Christianity in India.
Opening and Closing Time
Timing:6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1 - 2 Hrs
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
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Distance from Alappuzha Railway Station TO St. Mary's Forane Church is 9.00 miles.
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Interesting facts about St. Mary's Forane Church
One of the oldest churches in India, St. Mary Forane Church was built in 1870 and is famous for its beautiful murals and sculptures. Situated on the bank of the backwaters about 11 kilometers from Alleppey, St. Mary Forane Church is also known as the Champakulam Church.
The main festival at the St. Mary’s Forane Church in Kottayam is the annual feast given in the honor of Saint Sebastian, known for fireworks. Devotees give gold and silver arrows set as offerings.
Also called Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Mary Forane Church is the oldest Christian church in India. It is located in Alleppey district and is known to be the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches. This church is known to be the first one under the churches at Niranam that is said to have been founded by St. Thomas, the Apostle himself.